Dr. Louis J. Rodriguez, former Midwestern State University president, passed away in Wichita Falls on Friday morning.  He was 81.

Rodriguez served as MSU’s president from 1981 to 2000.  During his tenure MSU enrollment grew by more than thirty percent and tens of millions of dollars in campus projects came to fruition, including MSU’s Mass Communications Department.

A graduate of Rutgers University and Louisiana State University, Rodriguez also served as president of the Wichita Falls Downtown Rotary Club, president of the Wichita Falls Board of Commerce and Industry and as campaign chairman for the United Way.

He is survived by wife Ramona and their children; daughter Susan and sons Michael and Scott and their respective spouses as well as six grandchildren.

Visitation is scheduled for 5:30 to 7:00 pm on Sunday at Lunn’s Colonial Funeral Home.  Services are scheduled for 2:00 pm Monday at 10th & Broad Church of Christ with burial to follow at Crestview Memorial Park.